Paul A. Koch (pronounced, “cook”) received his Bachelor of Music Degree in 2000 from the University of North Texas, his Masters of Music in Percussion Performance and Doctor of Musical Arts; Conducting in 2002 and 2019. Paul studied with Dr. Robert Schietroma, Paul Rennick, Leigh Howard Stevens, She-e Wu, Dr. JB Smith, Gary Hill, Jason Caslor and Frank Dubuy.
Paul’s Drum and Bugle Corps experience was with the 1993 Black Gold of Tulsa, Oklahoma and the 1994 – 1996 Colts of Dubuque, Iowa. Paul taught the Capital Regiment of Columbus, Ohio in 1999 and 2000, the first two years of the Corps existence. Paul had teaching responsibilities with the Front Ensemble, Bass Drums, Snare Drums, and ran many corps rehearsals. The Capital Regiment won the Division III Drum Title in 2000.
Paul has also been a performer with the Phoenix Suns “PHX Percussion.” A percussion entertainment group that performs at Suns games on traditional marching drums, trash cans, oil drums, and other devices that make a lot of noise. The PHX Percussion group performed with Destiny’s Child at the 2005 NBA All-Star Game in Denver, CO.
Paul has ten years of high school teaching experience (Hamilton and Perry High School) and is in his 10th year as the current Director of Bands at Grand Canyon University, in Phoenix, Arizona.
Paul resides in Chandler, Arizona with his wife Jacque and son Paxton.